“We weren’t only honoring Professor Dorsey—this was a major event introduced by the first Black mayor of the city, and it needed to be outstanding.”
An expert negotiator, he went to bat for stars as big as James Brown and Muddy Waters, but he also clawed back royalties for countless forgotten artists who’d never gotten their due.
As proprietor of Roberts Show Lounge and the 500 Room, Roberts booked the likes of Nat “King” Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton—and responded to segregation and its legacy with ingenuity and class
John Wright has lost three wives and his eyesight, but he still has his deep groove, generous spirit, and countless friends, family, and fans.
DuSable High School band director Captain Walter Dyett taught generations of future stars.
Eleven-year-old Mae Ya Carter Ryan has a voice that sounds decades older than she is. People are starting to listen.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Monday, January 28, 2013
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater closes out its 15th season with ‘Chicago Women of Song’
My ballot for the 2010 Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll.